In addition to graduating from Princeton with a degree in English literature, he earned a master’s degree from Columbia and a doctorate from Carnegie Melon University.
He taught at Carnegie Mellon and went on to become a senior executive at Ketchum Macleod Advertising Agency. He later earned a master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Pittsburgh and embarked on a new career of drug and alcohol counseling, through which he helped many people in his community.
He was an avid tennis player, ran several marathons, and loved and photographed nature. He continued to write poetry throughout his life.
David is survived by his sister, Ellen Fertig; two stepbrothers, Kenneth and Robert Blum; numerous nieces and nephews; and their descendants. Fun-loving, adventurous, and creative, he is deeply missed by his family and close community of Pittsburgh friends.